Thursday Open Thread

Shout-out: Lisa MB

Tracy Chapman (born March 30, 1964) is a singer-songwriter, best known for her singles “Fast Car“, “Talkin’ ’bout a Revolution“, “Baby Can I Hold You“, “Give Me One Reason” and “Telling Stories“. She is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award-winning artist.

Tracy Chapman was born in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was raised by her mother. Despite not having much money, her mother recognized Tracy’s love of music and bought her a ukulele at the age of three.[2] Tracy Chapman began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of eight. She says she may have been first inspired to play the guitar by the television show Hee Haw.

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74 Responses to Thursday Open Thread

  1. opulent2 says:

    “The media is not on the president’s side because Business is not on his side, he re-instituted government back into regulation of big business. The funny thing is the regulation is really to protect small business which is being killed off by big public corporation. Obama messed with the United States of Corporate America and they over reacted.”

    The following are the top 10 races (all Democratic
    incumbents and open seats) where the NRCC has invested
    the most:

    1. Rep. Mark Schauer (MI) $1,210,000
    2. Rep. Dina Titus (NV) $1,091,000
    3. Washington’s 3rd district open seat $954,000
    4. Rep. John Boccieri (OH) $909,000
    5. Rep. Ike Skelton (MO) $886,000
    6. Rep. Betsy Markey (CO) $840,000
    7. Michigan’s 1st district open seat $821,000
    8. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ) $801,000
    9. Rep. Earl Pomeroy (ND) $793,000
    10.Rep. Zack Space (OH) $769,000
    􀂃 NRCC spent $54 million on 90 races2

  2. Vettte says:

    An Open Letter to the White Right, On the Occasion of Your Recent, Successful Temper Tantrum
    Posted on November 3, 2010

    For all y’all rich folks, enjoy that champagne, or whatever fancy ass Scotch you drink.

    And for y’all a bit lower on the economic scale, enjoy your Pabst Blue Ribbon, or whatever shitty ass beer you favor.

    Whatever the case, and whatever your economic station, know this…

    You need to drink up.

    And quickly.

    And heavily.

    Because your time is limited.

    Real damned limited.

    So party while you can, but mind the increasingly loud clock ticking away in the corners of your consciousness.

    The clock that reminds you how little time you and yours have left.

    Not much more now.

    Tick, tock.

    Tick, tock.



    I know, you think you’ve taken “your country back” with this election — and of course you have always thought it was yours for the taking, cuz that’s what we white folks are bred to believe, that it’s ours, and how dare anyone else say otherwise — but you are wrong.

    You have won a small battle in a larger war the meaning of which you do not remotely understand.

    ‘Cuz there is nothing even slightly original about you.

    There have always been those who wanted to take the country back.

    There were those who, in past years, wanted to take the country back to a time of enslavement and indentured servitude.

    But they lost.

    There were those who wanted to take us back to a time when children could be made to work in mines and factories, when workers had no legal rights to speak of, when the skies in every major city were heavy with industrial soot that would gather on sidewalks and windowsills like volcanic ash.

    But they lost.

    There were those who wanted to take us back to a time when women could not vote, or attend any but a few colleges, or get loans in their own names, or start their own businesses.

    But they lost.

    There were those who wanted to take us back to a time when blacks “had no rights that the white man was bound to respect,” – this being the official opinion of the Supreme Court before those awful days of judicial activism, now decried by the likes of you – and when people of color could legally be kept from voting solely because of race, or holding certain jobs, or living in certain neighborhoods, or run out of other towns altogether when the sun would go down, or be strung up from trees.

    But they lost.

    And you will lose.

    So make a note of it.

    Tweet it to yourself.

    Put it on your Facebook wall and leave it there so you’ll remember that I told you so.

    It is coming, and soon.

    This isn’t hubris. It isn’t ideology. It is not wishful thinking.

    It is math.

    Not even advanced math. Just simple, basic, like 3rd grade math.

    The kind of math that proves how your kind — mostly older white folks beholden to an absurd, inaccurate, nostalgic fantasy of what America used to be like — are dying.

    You’re like the bad guy in every horror movie ever made, who gets shot five times, or stabbed ten, or blown up twice, and who will eventually pass — even if it takes four sequels to make it happen — but who in the meantime keeps coming back around, grabbing at our ankles as we walk by, we having been mistakenly convinced that you were finally dead this time.

    Fair enough, and have at it. But remember how this movie ends.

    Our ankles survive.

    You do not.

    Michael Meyers, Freddie Kreuger, Jason, and that asshole husband in that movie with Julia Roberts who tracks her down after she runs away and changes her identity–they are all done. Even that crazy fucker in Saw is about to be finished off for good. Granted, he’s gonna be popping out in 3-D to scare the kiddies, so he isn’t going quietly. But he’s going, as all bad guys eventually do.

    And in the pantheon of American history, conservative old white people have pretty much always been the bad guys, the keepers of the hegemonic and reactionary flame, the folks unwilling to share the category of American with others on equal terms.

    Fine, keep it up. It doesn’t matter.

    Because you’re on the endangered list.

    And unlike, say, the bald eagle or some exotic species of muskrat, you are not worth saving.

    In forty years or so, maybe fewer, there won’t be any more white people around who actually remember that Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best, Opie-Taylor-Down-at-the-Fishing Hole cornpone bullshit that you hold so near and dear to your heart.

    There won’t be any more white folks around who think the 1950s were the good old days, because there won’t be any more white folks around who actually remember them, and so therefore, we’ll be able to teach about them accurately and honestly, without hurting your precious feelings, or those of the so-called “greatest generation” — a bunch whose white contingent was top-heavy with ethical miscreants who helped save the world from fascism only to return home and oppose the ending of it here, by doing nothing to lift a finger on behalf of the civil rights struggle.

    It’s OK. Because in about forty years, half the country will be black or brown. And there is nothing you can do about it.

    Nothing, Senõr Tancredo.

    Nothing, Senõra Angle, or Senõra Brewer, or Senõr Beck.

    Loy tiene muy mal, hijo de Puta.

    And by then you will have gone all in as a white nationalist movement — hell you’ve all but done that now — thus guaranteeing that the folks of color, and even a decent size minority of us white folks will be able to crush you, election after election, from the Presidency on down to the 8th grade student council.

    Like I said, this is math. And numbers don’t lie.

    Bottom line, this too shall pass.

    So enjoy your tax cuts a while longer.

    Go buy whatever you people buy when your taxes get cut: a new car or two, a bigger house, an island. Whatever.

    Go back to trading your derivatives, engaging in rampant financial speculation that produces nothing of value, that turns the whole world into your personal casino. Whatever.

    Play your hand, and for the love of God play it big. Real big. As in, shoot for the moon big. As in, try to privatize Social Security, and health care, and everything else. Whatever.

    At least that way everyone will be able to see what you’re really about.

    We’ve been trying to tell them, but nothing beats seeing it with your own eyes, so “Go big or go home,” Bubba.

    “Git ‘er Done.”

    “Cowboy up,” or whatever other stupid catch phrase strikes your fancy.

    Just promise you’ll do more than talk this time.

    Please, or as one of your celluloid heroes might put it, “make my day.”

    Do whatever you gotta do, but remember that those who are the victims of your greed and indifference take the long view.

    They know, but you do not, that justice is not for the sprinters, but rather for the long distance runners who will be hitting their second wind, right about the time that you collapse from exhaustion.

    They are like the tortoise to your hare.

    They are like the San Francisco Giants, to your New York Yankees: a bunch that loses year after year after year, until they finally win.

    You have had this confidence before, remember?

    You thought you had secured your position permanently after the overthrow of reconstruction in the wake of the civil war, after the elimination of the New Deal, after the Reagan revolution, after the Republican electoral victory of 1994. And yet, those you thought you had cowed and defeated are still here.

    Because those who have lived on the margins, who have been abused, maligned, targeted by austerity measures and budget cuts, subjected to racism, classism, sexism, straight supremacy and every other form of oppression always know more about their abusers than the abusers know about their victims.

    They have to study you, to pay careful attention, to adjust their body armor accordingly, and to memorize your sleep patterns.

    You, on the other hand, need know nothing whatsoever about them. And this, will surely prove politically fatal to you in the end. For it means you will not know their resolve. Will not fear it, as you should.

    It means you will take their greatest strength — perseverance — and make of it a weakness, called losing.

    But what you forget, or more to the point never knew, is that those who lose know how to lose, which is to say they know how to lose with dignity.

    And those who suffer know how to suffer, which is to say they know how to survive: a skill that is in short supply amid the likes of you.

    You, who could not survive the thought of minimal health care reform, or financial regulation, or a marginal tax rate equal to that which you paid just 10 years earlier, perhaps are under the illusion that everyone is as weak as you, as soft as you, as akin to petulant children as you are, as unable to cope with the smallest setback, the slightest challenge to the way you think your country should look and feel, and operate.

    But they are not.

    And they know how to regroup, and plot, and plan, and they are planning even now — we are — your destruction.

    And I do not mean by that your physical destruction. We don’t play those games. We’re not into the whole “Second Amendment remedies, militia, armed resistance” bullshit that your side fetishizes, cuz, see, we don’t have to be. We don’t need guns.

    We just have to be patient.

    And wait for you to pass into that good night, first politically, and then, well…

    Do you hear it?

    The sound of your empire dying? Your nation, as you knew it, ending, permanently?

    Because I do, and the sound of its demise is beautiful.

    So know this.

    If you thought this election was payback for 2008, remember…

    Payback, thy name is…


    • opulent2 says:

      this right HERE!! It is what I have been saying all day…we just gonna refocus, and regroup!! We are not defeated. Our resolve remains strong. And we will continue to march forward with even greater resolve.
      Just like we did post-reconstruction!

      “You thought you had secured your position permanently after the overthrow of reconstruction in the wake of the civil war, after the elimination of the New Deal, after the Reagan revolution, after the Republican electoral victory of 1994. And yet, those you thought you had cowed and defeated are still here.

      Because those who have lived on the margins, who have been abused, maligned, targeted by austerity measures and budget cuts, subjected to racism, classism, sexism, straight supremacy and every other form of oppression always know more about their abusers than the abusers know about their victims.

      They have to study you, to pay careful attention, to adjust their body armor accordingly, and to memorize your sleep patterns.

      You, on the other hand, need know nothing whatsoever about them. And this, will surely prove politically fatal to you in the end. For it means you will not know their resolve. Will not fear it, as you should.

      It means you will take their greatest strength — perseverance — and make of it a weakness, called losing.

      But what you forget, or more to the point never knew, is that those who lose know how to lose, which is to say they know how to lose with dignity.

      And those who suffer know how to suffer, which is to say they know how to survive: a skill that is in short supply amid the likes of you.”

  3. Ametia says:

    Rep. Grayson: Dems lost because of ‘appeasement’
    By Jordan Fabian – 11/04/10 03:24 PM ET
    House Democrats were swept out of power because party leaders tried to hard to “appease” Republicans on major issues, said a high-profile member Thursday who lost his seat.

    Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) said Democratic leaders should have been more aggressive and shut Republicans out of the negotiating process, arguing it would have helped them in Tuesday’s midterm elections.

    I think that the Democrats are saddened and demoralized by this policy of appeasement,” he said on MSNBC, noting that Democrats suffered from low turnout.

    Even though Grayson — a liberal firebrand — was defeated Tuesday, he continues to have good standing on the left. He countered the Republican narrative of their midterm victories, that voters repudiated President Obama and his policies by booting Democrats from power in the House.

  4. Ametia says:

    Team Obama Blaming Rahm
    by Richard Wolffe

    As they assess Tuesday’s disaster, some Obama advisers are singling out the recently departed chief of staff. Richard Wolffe on the clash between Emanuel’s personal ambition and his party loyalty.
    As chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rahm Emanuel built a Democratic majority in the House. As President Obama’s chief of staff, he devised White House strategy toward Capitol Hill. So when the Democrats were going down in flames Tuesday night, where was Obama’s chief political architect? Half a continent away, campaigning for himself.

    Half a continent away, campaigning for himself in the most pro-Obama place on the planet, largely sheltered from the Republican rubble crashing down on his party all across the country.
    And his old colleagues in Washington aren’t too happy about it. Some of them shake their heads in disbelief that Emanuel would bolt at precisely the juncture when the Democrats needed to shape their strategy and message during the homestretch of what everyone knew would be the toughest election cycle in years.
    “It was Rahm who always said, ‘We’ve just got to put points on the board,’ and that’s why we have a transactional presidency,” said one former colleague. “The only problem is that Obama is not a transactional politician. It was Rahm’s strategy and then he leaves a month before the election for his own personal political career. It’s extraordinary.”

    After a month of running for mayor of Chicago, Emanuel took the time on Tuesday to call some of the defeated candidates, whose political careers he helped launch as part of the Democratic takeover in 2006.
    But the fact remains: four years later, his class of ’06 is decimated and Emanuel has left Washington politics altogether.

    • opulent2 says:

      Emanuel brought in all those blue dogs.

      At least 22 of 54 Blue Dog moderates were defeated, with 6 more not seeking reelection

      Those blue dogs who would not vote for healthcare or unemployment extensions…are now in need of healthcare and unemployment benefits themselves!

      Three sitting House chairmen were defeated:
      Budget Chairman John Spratt (D-SC)
      Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO)
      Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN)

      Other notable losses:
      Rick Boucher (D-VA); Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee Chair Paul Kanjorski (D-PA); Financial Services, Subcommittee Chair
      Earl Pomeroy (D-ND); Ways and Means
      Chet Edwards (D-TX); Appropriations, Subcommittee Chair
      􀂃 Gene Taylor (D-MS): Armed Services Subcommittee Chair

  5. Ametia says:

    Democrats clinch another Senate seat — Republican Dino Rossi concedes to Patty Murray in Washington state.

  6. Are you ready for some Issa Investigations?

    Laura Ingraham is giddy I tell you giddy at the thought of Darryl Issa with a subpoena pad in his hand.

  7. opulent2 says:

    Joe Klein: “The Democratic performance this year was one of the more mystifying, and craven, in memory. Usually, a political party loses when it has failed to do its job. These Democrats lost because they succeeded in doing what they’ve been promising for decades. They enacted their fantasies, starting with health care reform, and then ran away from their successes. Why on earth would a political party enact major pieces of legislation and then refuse to take credit for them?”,8599,2029353,00.html

    Precisely!! ICAM….why the hell didn’t the Democrats stand with what they HAD accomplished? I never understood that. I never understood why there was no WH spokesperson or long term US Senator out speaking on behalf of the administration.

    Where was Schumer?
    Where was Kerry?
    Where was Boxer?

    Why was there no one carrying the Democrats message on sunday talk shows, and weekday long cable programming?

    Why is there so much SILENCE!!!

    Why wasn’t Dodd or Franks out there touting the Financial Reforms?

    • Ametia says:

      Very raely have I not read or heard Joe Klein NOT tell the truth about either party. He nailed this! Basically he said none of these folks HAD PBO’s back. Like I said he roamed the country for these folks, even met with them all and gave them lessons on how to deliver the fucking message about their legislation.

      Did they do it, HELL NOOOOOOOOOOOO! Then they look like simpletons when they lose, “How come you lost Feingold? “I’OINT KNOW!”

      Face it, Dems don’t want PBO as their leader. He’s smarter, sharper, focused, and principled. These fools have been in Washington way too long, and they aren’t ready for all that Change & Hope. The sooner they get voted out of office the better. Good riddance!

      • opulent2 says:

        “Face it, Dems don’t want PBO as their leader. He’s smarter, sharper, focused, and principled. These fools have been in Washington way too long”

        Yes. I still remember the Baltimore massacre, when PBO just creamed the GOP, made them look like straight up ignoramuses the way he recited all their plans with the facts and figures to rebut and rebuked them for all that nonsense.

        PBO is every white person’s nightmare…they know to reach his level he HAD to be a baaaad mofo, cause unlike them nobody was giving this black man a break. Do one was offering him a handout he earned it. He had to be smarter and stronger and more strategic every step of the way, just to remain even with them.

        The fact that he surpassed them means they have nothing comparable to his brilliance and this terrifies them…paralyzes them with fear!

        Washington has never seen the likes of fourty-four AND he is about to take it to a whole new level.

        they are going to be flabbergasted and just standing around with their mouths gaped open…wondering WTF just happened?!

        PBO…gone ride herd and fly off to another continent on AF One while they still trying to figure he beat them at their own game!

  8. opulent2 says:

    “Short of suicide, I don’t really know what I’d have to do to convince you people that I’m not running.”

    — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), quoted by Fox News, taking “Shermanesque” to a new level.

  9. opulent2 says:

    “The final tallies in Connecticut’s chaotic, mistake-ridden, Florida-style election remained unknown Thursday afternoon because election officials in Bridgeport still have not released their official totals yet,” the Hartford Courant reports.

    Without Bridgeport’s results, Tom Foley (R) leads Dan Malloy (D) by 8,409 votes. However, the most recent results in Bridgeport reported by the Associated Press gave Malloy 12,646 more votes in Bridgeport than Foley — meaning that Malloy would become the next governor.

    Adding to the intrigue: CT Confidential reports “about what may be an uncounted bag of ballots discovered in Bridgeport.”,0,7073133.story

  10. opulent2 says:

    Wow this video is a helluva contrast between POTUS & McConnell!!

    There is no bridge between them.


  11. opulent2 says:

    Hey Ametia and SG2

    Have you all seen this hilarious shyt:

    Dating Black Men in a HipHop Society

    Black Dating Hip Hop Society 2:

    Revenge of the Succesful Black Man:

    and last but not least…this had me ctfu!!

    The Friend Zone:

    I have not laughed this hard in a long time!! I hope you both enjoy these as much as me.

    • Ametia says:


      BWA HAHA Drake looks like he’s missing a chromosome

      Your dick will be drier than Fantasia’s ankles

  12. Heath Shuler Would Challenge Pelosi For House Minority Leader Post

    Nancy Pelosi’s demotion from Speaker of the House could end up being a few more steps down if Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) has his way, as reports now suggest that the Blue Dog Democrat will challenge her for the House minority leader position.

    “If there’s not a viable alternative [to Pelosi] — like I said all along — I can go recruit moderate Members to run in swing districts,” Shuler said on Thursday. “In that situation, I could do it better than she could, and that’s what it’s going to take. It’s going to take moderate candidates to win back those seats.”

    Pelosi has not said whether she will pursue the leadership post.

    Shuler announced his intention to challenge Pelosi late last month during a debate with his opponent, Jeff Miller, whom he defeated on Tuesday.

    “If there is no viable alternative (to Pelosi), I will be running for speaker of the house,” Shuler said during that exchange. The top House spot in the Democratic party will now be minority leader following the shift of power.

  13. Ametia says:

    Nov 04, 2010
    Obama to meet with Boehner, other leaders in two weeks
    This is going to be a meeting in which I want us to talk substantively about how we can move the American people’s agenda forward,” Obama said after meeting with his Cabinet. “It’s not just going to be a photo-op. Hopefully it may spill over into dinner.”

    The “immediate focus” is the upcoming lame duck congressional session, Obama said, as well as the agenda when the new Congress elected this week takes office in January. When that happens, Boehner and the Republicans will run the U.S. House, while Democrats control the U.S. Senate, though with a smaller majority.

    The meeting is set for Nov. 18 because Obama will be traveling in Asia next week.

  14. Ametia says:

    This bitch right here:

    Using inaccurate figure, Bachmann calls Obama’s India trip ‘massive overspending’
    Sixth District Republican won’t elaborate on promise to cut spending

    CNN’s Anderson Cooper had a straightforward question for Rep. Michele Bachmann last night: Now that Republicans have the majority in the U.S. House, what spending cuts will they make to balance the budget? Republicans have talked about dismantling the Department of Energy, the Department of Education and doing away with corporate income tax. While Bachmann refused to name any specific programs she’d cut, she did have one case of “massive overspending”: President Obama’s upcoming trip to India. One problem with that: The cost of the trip she repeatedly cites is massively overestimated.

    Bachmann told Cooper that Obama’s south Asian trip will cost taxpayers “$200 million a day” and represents “the kind of over-the-top spending” that’s rampant in Washington.

    “No one really knows the cost, because for security reasons they don’t disclose the cost,” Cooper countered. “So this idea that it’s $200 million is simply made up.”

    Bachmann replied, “Well these are the numbers that have been coming out in the press.”

    What a nasty, pathetic lying , liar.

    • Ametia says:

      Let’s debunk this shit right here.
      Nov 04, 2010
      Obama’s India trip — not as expensive as you may have heard

      No, President Obama’s trip is not going to cost $200 million a day.

      That figure — first thrown out by a single Indian media outlet and now viral on conservative talk radio — is wildly, wildly off the mark.

      The problem is that the costs for these trips are impossible to determine, for many of the president’s expenses would be incurred whether he was visiting India or Atlanta or simply hanging around the White House. Obama’s India trip starts an Asian swing that includes South Korea, Indonesia and Japan.

      The administration isn’t inclined to detail costs, most of which deal with security.

      “The numbers reported in this article have no basis in reality,” said White House spokesman Tommy Vietor. “Due to security concerns, we are unable to outline details associated with security procedures and costs, but it’s safe to say these numbers are wildly inflated.”

      To be sure, these trips do cost millions of dollars per day.

      Whenever a president travels, he or she takes a mini-White House with them, from bulletproof limousines to gaggles of aides. This can come in awfully handy when trouble happens, such as the terrorist attacks on 9/11 when George W. Bush was in Florida. Ronald Reagan was traveling in Asia when the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Russia blew up in 1986.

      Foreign trips are expensive but are a staple of presidential duties. India is a rising economy power. It is next to — and has an intense rivalry with — one of the world’s most dangerous countries, Pakistan. It can be a counterweight to threats from China. Any president is going to deal with India.

      Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim majority nation. South Korea is the site of a G-20 global economic summit. Japan is hosting the annual Asian economic summit, which Obama’s predecessors also attended. There’s no evidence that Obama’s team is spending any more money than its predecessors, taking inflation into account.

      Yes, these gigs will cost money. But $200 million a day? Not even close.

      One other thing to keep in mind: The Secret Service is not going to let anything happen to a president overseas if they can help it. They’re going to do — and spend — whatever it takes. That’s just a fact of life.

      One last thing: The media organizations accompanying Obama will pay their own expenses.

      (Posted by David Jackson)—-not-as-expensive-as-you-may-have-heard/1

    • Lying liars and the lies they tell. This lying bish know better but the GOP will say or do anything to continue feeding the dumbed down and ignorant.

  15. The Latino Vote in the 2010 Elections

    Tuesday’s midterm elections were historic for Hispanics. For the first time ever, three Latino candidates — all of them Republicans — won top statewide offices. In New Mexico, voters elected the nation’s first Latina governor, Republican Susana Martinez. In Nevada, Republican Brian Sandoval won the governor’s race and became Nevada’s first Hispanic governor. And in Florida, Republican Marco Rubio won the U.S. Senate race.1

    Despite these big top-of-the-ticket wins for Republican Hispanic candidates, Latino voters continued their strong support for Democratic candidates nationwide. National House exit poll2 results show that Democrats had a nearly two-to-one advantage — 64% vs. 34% — over Republicans in U.S. House races among Latino voters.

    This strong support for Democratic candidates continues a pattern among Latino voters. In 2006, according to the national exit poll, 69% of Latinos voted for Democratic candidates in their congressional district races, while 30% supported Republicans.3 In the 2008 presidential election, Latinos supported Democrat Barack Obama by a margin of more than two-to-one over Republican John McCain — 67% vs. 31% according to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis of the national exit poll.

    • opulent2 says:

      “CNN’s exit polls show that men and white voters broke for Angle by significant margins. Angle carried white voters by a 53 percent to 41 percent margin and men by a 48 percent to 46 percent margin. Reid made that up among women (53 percent), African Americans (78 percent), Latinos (68 percent) and Asians (79 percent). Even though white voters made up 72 percent of the vote and Reid only carried 41 percent of that block, those large margins among other ethnic groups carried him to victory.”

  16. Ametia says:

    School the fools, Cynthia Tucker!

    Without Latinos and blacks, GOP can’t build a permanent majority
    2:20 pm November 4, 2010, by ctucker

    Republicans around the country are still celebrating their very good day on Tuesday. Who can blame them? Riding a wave of economic discontent, they captured not only a bigger House majority than they’ve had in 60 years but also state legislatures and governorships around the country.
    Does this mean the country is now and always will be ‘center-right’? It means nothing of the sort. In fact, Republicans may be having their last big victory dance for decades. Demographic change suggests that they will not be able to sustain an electoral majority for long because they do not appeal to voters of color.
    Look at what happened in Nevada. Sharron Angle is an extreme candidate, but she cleaned herself up pretty well for the general election, and commentators say she won a big debate against Harry Reid. Given Reid’s unpopularity, she should have won.
    But Angle couldn’t resist demonizing Latinos, running a vicious ad in which she suggested all Latino immigrants are criminals. (See video below.) That prompted Latino voters to turn out in droves for Reid. From the Las Vegas Sun:

    • Tell it, why don’t you, Cynthia!

    • Ametia says:

      That shit backfired on Angle. She thought the ads would frighten the Latinos and keep them away from the polls all together. Shows you how dumb and blind that fool is.

      Latinos were smart and did NOT fall for the okie dokey from these wingnuts. How you gonna let some white heathen trash and debase your ethnicity and not show’em you’re not buying it!

      Go Latinos!

      • opulent2 says:

        Angle was to Latinos what Goldwater was to blacks! We came out in wheelchairs, on canes and walked miles to vote against Goldwater!

        “The party of Lincoln is not the party of Lincoln today. Unfortunately, African-Americans still view the Republican Party as opposed to the issues that are most important to African-Americans.”

        Brooke, who served in the Senate from 1967 to 1979, comes from an era when progressive Republicans maintained a strong influence over the direction of the party, not just in obtaining Black appointments.

        Until Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal” from 1933-1938, most Blacks were registered Republicans. As late as the early 1960s, it was not unusual for Republican candidates to get 30 percent of the Black vote, particularly moderate Republicans such as New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay and Connecticut Sen. Lowell Weicker.

        A major turning point for the party and its relationship with African-Americans came when Republicans chose Sen. Barry Goldwater, an arch conservative from Arizona, as its presidential candidate in 1964.

        Goldwater ran on a states’ right platform, an overt attempt to court Southern segregationists. Only 6 percent of Blacks voted for Goldwater.
        By contrast, 94 percent of African-Americans supported incumbent Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson, who was elected in a landslide. “

      • Ametia says:

        Come on with it, Opulent! School us, one and ALL

  17. Ametia says:

    Latinos turn out to vote in record numbers

    California Latinos turned out to vote in record numbers Tuesday, driven largely by the governor’s race where they favored Jerry Brown over Meg Whitman by more than 2 to 1, according to this analysis of exit polls by Cathleen Decker of the Los Angeles Times.

    Latinos accounted for 22 percent of the total ballots cast in the state and while they largely turned out to vote for Brown, they then voted for other Democrats as well. This was likely a factor in the 9-percentage point victory of Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, over highly touted Republican challenger Van Tran.

    (The Register’s Doug Irving reports that both Sanchez and Tran are withholding declarations of victory and concession until the remaining mail and provisional ballots are counted.)

    Latino voters in California are typically far less likely to cast ballots than their Anglo and Asian counterparts. However, were spurred to participate this election in part by Whitman’s controversy over the hiring and firing of an illegal immigrant maid.

    Whitman said that while Nicky Diaz Santillan worked for her for nine years, she only learned she was an illegal immigrant when she decided to run for governor – and promptly fired her. That treatment didn’t sit well with many Latinos.

    Some analysts say the incident was the coup de grace for Whitman, and it figures prominently in my “8 moments that made Brown a winner, Whitman a loser.”

    Latino turnout was also a factor in the nationwide wave of GOP victories not extending to California.

    In terms of the Sanchez-Tran race, it was more than Latino voters that cost Tran the election, according to this analysis by GOP consultant Dave Gilliard. He says Tran’s scratch-and-sniff mailer, and Anaheim appearance with Sarah Palin were key to his loss.

  18. Ametia says:

    This fat fuck called our POTUS weak

    • Did you hear the fat nasty looking slob say a liberal should primary our President? These pathetic insecure mofos thought our President was going to be their nigga. Hell to the No, mofos. He is not your magic negro and he jumps for no one.

    • Ametia says:

      Michael Moore made his millions off his shock documentaries. He made his millions mining the angst of the working and middle class white folks and yes some blacks and hispanics too.

      He can roam the country side and play the midwestern John Wayne of so-called liberal progressives, with his in your face video/mic style of interviewing.

      We didn’t see hide nor hair of this slob yammering in front of the cameras when the teabaggers were burning Obama effiigies, and spewing racist hate and bigotry at townhalls while the media showcased their shenanigans. If someone has a video of this dude defending the POTUS, BRING.IT!

      So, I’m sure he will use some of those millions he’s amassed to help primary the black guy out of the White House, and put some REAL progressive on the ballot, who we already know won’t stand a snowball’s chance in HELL of ever getting elected!

      Fuck you, Michael Moore!

  19. George Bush Says He Approved Waterboarding: ‘Damn Right’

    “Damn right.”

    That’s what former president George W. Bush told CIA officials when they came to ask him for permission to waterboard alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed, according to a Washington Post report on the 43rd president’s forthcoming book, “Decision Points.”

    Mohammed supposedly had knowledge of brewing terrorist plots against the United States, and Bush had little reservation about using the practice of simulated drowning on the detainee to extract them.

    “I’d do it again to save lives,” Bush, who refused to call the interrogation technique “torture” during his presidency, said at a forum earlier this year. He repeats this willingness to use the procedure and maintains that it isn’t torture in his book, according to the Post.

    President Obama and the current Justice Department have tightened their view on waterboarding, characterizing it as an act of torture that is prohibited by international stricture, and, while the Post reports that there may someday be legal repercussions for those who directly authorized torture, the Obama administration has shown little interest in pursuing action against Bush and others, such as Dick Cheney, who have openly supported and admitted using the interrogation tactic.

    Oh My Sweet Jesus! He is brazen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Ametia says:

    To Save Money, Save the Health Care ActBy PETER ORSZAG
    Published: November 3, 2010

    In the name of fiscal probity, the incoming Republican leadership in Congress has committed to doing whatever it takes to stop the health care reform act from taking effect. Yet many of the provisions that politicians have been taking aim at are the ones that save money — like those that reduce excessive provider payments and create new institutions to curb cost growth.

    If the newly elected representatives and senators are truly concerned about rising health care costs, they should work to deploy the law’s cost-containment measures fully rather than try to repeal them.

    Sure, the health care law is not perfect, but it would cut the nation’s long-term fiscal imbalance by a quarter and reduce the projected deficit within Medicare by three-quarters. That may seem fanciful, given how distorted the public discussion has become. But that’s what the projections show, as long as Congress sticks to its guns and the Obama administration does a good job carrying out the provisions of the law.

  21. Ametia says:

    Hey all you animal lovers!!

    Dogs and the Women Who Love Them: Heartwarming Tales of Pets and Their Owners

    GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.– This morning, authors Allen and Linda Anderson stopped by the studio to tell us about their latest book, Dogs and the Women Who Love Them. The book is filled with extraordinary true stories of loyalty, healing, and inspiration.

    Allen and Linda have a number of upcoming book events:

    Wednesday, Nov 3, 7:00 pm
    Barnes & Noble Bookseller
    3940 Division Street
    St. Cloud

    Thursday, November 4th at 7:30 pm
    Garrison Keillor’s Common Good Books
    165 Western Ave. No.
    St. Paul

    Saturday, November 6th at 2:00 pm
    Border’s Books & Music
    1501 Plymouth Road

    Tuesday, November 16th at 6:30 pm
    True Colors Bookstore
    4755 Chicago Avenue South

    Wednesday, November 17th at 7:00 pm
    The Black Dog Café
    308 Prince Street
    St. Paul

    Thursday, November 18th at 6:00 pm
    Valley Bookseller
    217 Main Street North

    You can find Allen and Linda Anderson’s book, Dogs and the Women Who Love Them, in bookstores everywhere. For more inforamation, visit

  22. Vettte says:

    McConnell’s Top Goal is to Make Obama a 1-Term President


    Twenty-four hours after Speaker-to-be Boehner and President Obama talked about the need to work together, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is taking a different tack. In a speech to be delivered at 11:00 am ET in DC, NBC’s Ken Strickland reports, McConnell will defend his statement that defeating President Obama in 2012 is his top priority — a comment that drew criticism from Democrats, especially with unemployment near 10%. “Some have said it was indelicate of me to suggest that our top political priority over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term in office,” McConnell is expected to say, according to excerpts of today’s speech. “But the fact is, if our primary legislative goals are to repeal and replace the health spending bill; to end the bailouts; cut spending; and shrink the size and scope of government, the only way to do all these things it is to put someone in the White House who won’t veto any of these things.”

    On health care, McConnell will say that Republicans should propose and vote on a “straight repeal, repeatedly.” He’ll also say House Republicans should use their new majority to deny funding implementation of the law. That, of course, would lead to potential gridlock in the Senate. In the national exit poll, 47% said they wanted to keep the health law in place or expand it; 48% of those who voted said they wanted to repeal it. So the midterms weren’t a mandate for anyone’s position on health care. The public is divided — right down the middle.

    • Ametia says:

      So where does the JOB creation come into the GOP plans, hmm?

      • opulent2 says:

        This is just hate, Hate, HAAAAATE!!!

        no jobs…all those voters are just gonna live off hate and anger…ain’t no jobs!! The jobs are all in China and India.

        GOP is gonna fix the economy by declaring war…all these young people without jobs gonna be sent off to war…all the old folks without jobs gonna get government jobs to help the enlisted…all of this will be funded with money from China…and then we are going to hear a huge

        …sucking noise….and that will be all those hateful Americans being sucked down the drain by the Chinese as they collect their debt from Federal Reserve Bank…

        we will be plunged into a depression faaar worse than the Great Depression…

        remember the GOP is at the wheel…we are carreening down the side of a mountain about to hit jagged rocks …just 100ft away.

        IOW’s the next 100days are going to be economic hell.

      • The 2010 Midterms

        I haven’t felt this bad since 2004. I seriously had the blues for about a year after that election.

        No other way to put it- the Democrats got shellacked, plain and simple.

        For those of you who got out to vote, thank you. You can complain for the next 2 years. Those of you who sat on your behinds and had better things to do because you don’t think voting is important – STFU for the next 2 years.

        Now, the GOP has to govern. They actually have to do something, outside of saying no. I went through a really vengeful mood for the past 48 hours, and couldn’t post until I calmed down. That said, I gotta say this:

        For all you teabaggers running around talking about ’socialized medicine’ and ‘ Obamacare’, when the GOP brings up giving you a voucher for your Medicare services, STFU.

        For all you in Kentucky, when the next mining disaster happens and a group of folks winds up dead, when Senator Paul tells you that it’s ok for a few peasants to die in order to maximize the profits of the Mining companites, STFU.

        For all you ‘recently unemployed’ folks who don’t seem to be able to find a job, and are receiving unemployment, when that runs out on the ‘good American’ that you are, and you realize that the GOP says, ‘ too bad’ and won’t extend unemployment benefits, STFU.

        Preach it, Rikyrah!

        Bitchslap’em again & again!

  23. Heads Up: 3 Chics, lurkers and friends

    Please join 3 Chics Politico in calling John Boehner’s office to ask where the jobs are:(513) 779-5400, (202) 225-6205, (937) 339-1524, (202) 225-4000.

  24. Vettte says:

    GTFOOH GEORGE W. BUSH – He’s Gonna Make Us Have to Defend Jackazz Kanye!

    The first excerpts of former President George W. Bush’s interview with NBC New’s Matt Lauer were released on Tuesday night. And what stands among the noteworthy bits about Bush’s political mindset in the moment of existential crises is that, for all that happened, his low point was being called racist by Kanye West.

    From the interview, which will air Monday, November 8, 2010 at 8 p.m. ET on “Matt Lauer Reports” in advance of the release of Bush’s book “Decision Points.”

    MATT LAUER: About a week after the storm hit NBC aired a telethon asking for help for the victims of Katrina. We had celebrities coming in to ask for money. And I remember it vividly because I hosted it. And at one part of the evening I introduced Kanye West. Were you watching?

    MATT LAUER: You remember what he said?

    PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Yes, I do. He called me a racist.

    MATT LAUER: Well, what he said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

    PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: That’s — “he’s a racist.” And I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it now. It’s one thing to say, “I don’t appreciate the way he’s handled his business.” It’s another thing to say, “This man’s a racist.” I resent it, it’s not true, and it was one of the most disgusting moments in my Presidency.

    MATT LAUER: This from the book. “Five years later I can barely write those words without feeling disgust.” You go on. “I faced a lot of criticism as President. I didn’t like hearing people claim that I lied about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction or cut taxes to benefit the rich. But the suggestion that I was racist because of the response to Katrina represented an all time low.”

    PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Yeah. I still feel that way as you read those words. I felt ’em when I heard ’em, felt ’em when I wrote ’em and I felt ’em when I’m listening to ’em.

    MATT LAUER: You say you told Laura at the time it was the worst moment of your Presidency?

    PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Yes. My record was strong I felt when it came to race relations and giving people a chance. And– it was a disgusting moment.

    Kanye West’s comment — which was made, ironically, on NBC during a telethon fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina – quickly became an indelible moment of Bush’s second term. And while it was obviously rare and off-putting for a rap star to insist that the president didn’t care about black people, it’s also somewhat unexpected that that would be Bush’s personal, political nadir

    • He did a fly over while the citizens of New Orleans were drowning. It took 5 days to do a food drop while little babies, the sick, the feeble and old people died. There is no excuse for that!

    • opulent2 says:


      Kanye has responded, that he now understands how Bush felt about being called racist…because he said that is what folks called him, following his crass remarks to taylor swift….

      Soooo, how we gonna defend such asinity as this?

      IOW’s you got 2 asses braying at each other….

      I am walking away fast as I can from this crap.

  25. America is a racist ass country! Jesus will come back before America sees the error of it’s ways.

    • opulent2 says:

      The Negro Motorist Green Book is the subject of today’s “Little-Known Black History Fact.”

      The Negro Motorist Green Book was a publication released in 1936 that served as a guide for African-American travelers. Because of the racist conditions that existed from segregation, blacks needed a reference manual to guide them to integrated or black-friendly establishments. That’s when they turned to “The Negro Motorist Green Book: An International Travel Guide” by activist Victor Green and presented by the Esso Standard Oil Company. Originally provided to serve Metropolitan New York, the book received such an alarming response, it was spread throughout the country within one year. The catch phrase was “Now we can travel without embarassment.”

      The Green Book often provided information on local “tourist homes,” which were private residences owned by blacks and open to travelers. It was especially helpful to blacks that traveled through “sunset towns” or towns that publicly stated that blacks had to leave the town by sundown or it would be cause for arrest. Also listed were hotels, barbershops, beauty salons, restaurants, garages, liquor stores, ball parks and taverns. It also provided a listing of the white-owned, black-friendly locations for accommodations and food.

      The publication was free, with a 10-cent cost of shipping. As interest grew, the Green Book solicited salespersons nationwide to build its ad sales.

      Inside the pages of the Green Book were action photos of the various locations, along with historical and background information for the readers’ review. Within the pages of the introduction, the guide states, “There will be a day sometime in the near future when this guide will not have to be published. That is when we as a race will have equal opportunities and privileges in the United States .”

      The Green Book printed its last copy in 1964 after the passing of the Civil Rights Act.

  26. Top of the Morning, Ametia & 3 Chics!

    I’m moving slowly this morning. Still having some pain.

    Happy Thursday, everyone!

  27. Ametia says:

    Mornin’ 3 Chics, Friends, & Lurkers! :-)

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